Valdosta State Golf Fifth at McDonough Cup

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Valdosta State shot an opening round 294 followed by a second round 303 to finish the first day of play fifth with a 21-over 597 at the McDonough Cup held at the par 72, 7,001 yard Rio Pinar Country Club Monday.

The Blazers finished the day 12 strokes behind tournament leader Nova Southeastern, who shot 294-291 for a 585. Lynn was second at 587 while Florida Southern shot a 593 and Mount Olive a 596. Georgia College, Columbus State, Rollins and Florida Tech tied for sixth at 602 while Barry rounded out the top 10 at 603.

Carson-Newman shot a 604 for 11th and was followed by Armstrong Atlantic at 608 and Queens at 611. Flagler was 14th at 613 while Catawba, UNC Pembroke and Tampa tied for 15th at 622. Eckerd rounded out the 18 team field with a 635.

The Blazers placed a pair of golfers in the top 20 as Nate Anderson led the squad and tied for seventh after shooting two over with a 71-75. Abdul Sihag tied for 19th at 149 with a 71-78 while John Fordham was a stroke back and tied for 27th at 76-74. Clarke Hendrick tied for 41st at 153 with a 76-77 while Austin Graham was 88th after shooting 163 with an 86-77.

The tournament concludes with a single round of play beginning at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday morning.